Northwest Regional Educator
Hello, my name is Olga, and I am honored to be in a position helping families to care for a loved one with mental inflictions. As a mom, I care deeply for the future and mental well-being of our children. This world, if anything, has become more complicated, challenging to navigate, complex to understand – finding resources and support can be a maze. For five years I worked with Northern Health as a Physician Recruiter, and was exposed to the ongoing challenge of shortages of accessibility to mental health services including psychiatrists. While psychiatry shortages are an ongoing and increasing challenge, those of us inflicted with mental health are becoming more of a norm.
I am also honored to be living in the traditional Ts’msyen (Tsimshian) territory in Terrace, BC as well as working in Terrace and in Kitimat territory of Haisla people. I shall always remember my move to Terrace from Toronto, now seven years ago, when while descending in the aircraft, I was absolutely mesmerized by the beauty of the snow-caped mountains, massive lush greenery, pristine lakes and the magnificent Skeena river. Having travelled to over thirty countries, I believe that British Columbia is one of the most beautiful places on earth, yet not without its challenges. For a small community of Terrace, we are fortunate to have so many social services, yet, the demand for them continues to grow. As an immigrant myself over twenty-five years ago from Russia and Ukraine, I believe in our differences, but more so in our unity: “we are one”. It was not until my move to British Columbia that I started to really get to know my Indigenous fellow-citizens, the Indigenous history and today’s challenges. In spite of cultural differences, I look at people as one and the same. As my mom used to say: “treat another like you wish to be treated”. Humanity, needs to come first, no matter what we do or who we are.
My own career path took me from business start-ups to teaching English as a second language, to teaching job skills and supporting individuals in job searches, to working as a Flight Attendant, to recruiting Information Technology professionals and medical staff and finally to providing support to families inflicted with mental health. I believe in empowerment of people, choices, opportunities and self-fulfillment. I also believe in kindness, justice and humanity.